Food Truck Owners Open Vegan Resto

Gmonkey food truck owners Mark Shadle and Amy Beach will adapt their "Organic Eats and Treats from Farm2Street" concept to a brick-and-mortar resto with a new vegan outpost G-Zen at 2 East Main Street in Branford. According to A La Carte blogger Leeanne Griffin, the Shadles hope to open the resto in mid-October and will serve sustainable, organic vegan cuisine, raw foods and health-conscious cocktails.

Gmonkey launched in May as the "nation's very first vegetarian/vegan mobile eco-friendly kitchen" and they've done brisk business in the Durham and the Hartford area. According to Griffin, the resto's menu will be peppered with healthy entrees like Creole cornmeal tempeh with carmelized onions, red smashed potatoes and vegan cornbread. The truck currently serves a paired-down menu that includes country mock-bacon vegan BLTs, gluten-free cupcakes, Mack Daddy chocolate chip cookies, raw pastas and soup and sandwich lunchbox combos. To track down the Gmonkey truck and keep up with developments at G-Zen, visit the Shadles' page here.

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